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AEI is partnering with Heritage Fund to provide financial assistance for area youth to participate in athletic and fitness programs.

Kids’ sports can be expensive and participation can be prohibitive for those with financial need. Through this fund, AEI hopes to provide additional access to athletic and fitness activities to youth with financial barriers to participation.

Youth, parents, clubs, teams, and others are eligible to apply for grants to support youth ages 18 and under who reside in Bartholomew and surrounding counties. Grants will include assistance for but not limited to: lessons, clinics, travel, equipment, program fees, dues, etc. Grants will be considered based on financial barriers to participation.


Organizations, as well as individuals, are encouraged to apply.


  • Applications for individuals available here.

  • Applications and all required material must be submitted by 5 p.m. Oct. 31.

  • Individual grant awards announced in November.

  • Suggested grant amounts for individuals will range from $50-$2,000.

  • Questions? Contact Amy Laker @ (812) 376-7772 or


  • Non-profit organizations can apply for funding beginning January 1.

  • Grant application for organizations available here.

  • Deadline for organization application will be February 29

  • Grant awards announced in March

  • Suggested grant amounts for organizations will range up to a maximum of $5,000 per organization.

  • Questions? Contact Kyle Hendricks @ (812) 376-7772 or

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538 Franklin St, Columbus, IN 47201



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